Doors to shut on care home after closure decision

Open Day celebrations at Widdrington Station's Avala Care Home with (left to right-back row) Nancy McConnell, Manager Peter Kindley, Noreen Arries, Jen Farrow, Ellyson Potts, Pat Thorp, Colin Hawkshaw and (front row-left to right) Margaret Agan, Alan Mason, Phyllis Vaughan and Jeannie Smith.'REF 2106130021
Open Day celebrations at Widdrington Station's Avala Care Home with (left to right-back row) Nancy McConnell, Manager Peter Kindley, Noreen Arries, Jen Farrow, Ellyson Potts, Pat Thorp, Colin Hawkshaw and (front row-left to right) Margaret Agan, Alan Mason, Phyllis Vaughan and Jeannie Smith.'REF 2106130021

A care home, with 12 residents supported by 21 members of staff, will close this autumn.

On Monday, HC-One announced that its Avala Park Care Home, in Widdrington Station, is to shut because of ‘outdated facilities’.

It is anticipated the proposed closure will be completed by the end of September, although provision has been made to extend this timeframe if residents need it.

The company is working with the residents, their families and Northumberland County Council to ensure residents are offered places at other care homes of their choice and where their individual needs will be best supported. HC-One has said it will work closely with staff to minimise the impact upon them and will try to retain as many as possible in other local HC-One homes.

A HC-One spokesman said: “This has been a very difficult decision to make, but one which we feel is in the best interests of those for whom we care.

“Despite being recognised for the quality of care we provide at Avala Park, following a number of conversations with the local authority, we feel that while comfortable and safe, the home is outdated in the facilities on offer compared to alternative services in the immediate area.

“We will not be able to continue to provide care to the level required in an HC-One home in the longer term. We plan to minimise the disruption from this transition.”